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বাড়িenglishBNP-Jamat’s misrule from 2001 to 2006

BNP-Jamat’s misrule from 2001 to 2006

2001

November 1: Tk 20 billion (Tk 2,000 crore) budget of Annual Development Programme (ADP) was cancelled [Prothom Alo]. Just like 1971, peace committees were formed in the villages of Rajshahi’s Durgapur whose members were BNP’s terrorists. They set up ‘courts’ to try the leaders and supporters of Awami League. AL leaders and activists could not go to their crop fields fearing terrorists in Navarone. While male members of families were on the run, women were afraid of terrorist attacks at night in Malopara of Dumuria in Khulna. Anxieties, acts of violence, occupation, murders, and persecution of minorities were reported every day in October. The cadres of BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury locked Rangunia municipal office. Due to BNP cadres’ reign of terror in Gafargaon, young girls and women from Hindu minority families had to leave their villages. Incidents of extortion by BNP cadres in Gournadi, Jhalokathi, Lakshmipur, Noakhali and Feni were reported. Two Awami League activists were killed in Pabna [Daily Janakantha].

November 2: A total of four Jubo League activists were killed in Khulna, Tongi, Kushtia and Feni. Awami League activist Tulu Sheikh was slaughtered in front of his father. Attacks on Awami League leaders and activists continued in Narsingdi and Noakhali. An engineer was shot to death at night in Dinajpur. Two brothers were killed in Mirpur. Two Awami League activists were beaten and a young woman was raped in Lakshmipur. Extremists killed three persons and injured three others in Pabna. Jubo Dal leader was killed while making a bomb in Feni. A tender of Tk 0.2 billion (Tk 20 crore) was cancelled following an armed violence by cadres of two BNP MPs (members of parliament). BNP leader Al-Amin’s men continued harassing Hindu minorities and supporters of AL at Atkhali village in Galachipa. AL supporters in Jhikargachha could not return home in fear of attacks and lawsuits. Terrorists established a reign of horror everywhere [Daily Sangbad]. Terrorists removed the eyes of a doctor in Lalbagh, Dhaka. Nine were killed in nine incidents of violence in ten districts including Pabna, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Feni and Kushtia. [Prothom Alo].

November 3: An incident of shooting took place on the night of Shab-e-Barat on Dhaka University campus to train the cadres of Chhatra Dal [Prothom Alo].

November 4: The signboard of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University was vandalised. A group of Hindu minorities in Munshiganj got panicked following an attack by miscreants late at night as Awami League activists could not return home. Crime don Tokai Sagar became active in BNP politics and freed on bail in all 11 cases. BCL leaders and activists were not allowed to enter Chittagong University. A total of 20 people were injured in an armed attack [Daily Sangbad]. About four million Hindu minorities in the country, in a ratio of about 20 per cent of the total minority community, became victims of direct or indirect harassment. The villagers of Meghdai in Kachua continued facing a tough time as the supporters of AL lived among terrorists. An incident of shooting took place at a programme to observe the Jail Killing Day in Bagerhat. The land of a graveyard was occupied illegally in Rajshahi amid vandalism, looting and beating. The supporters of the government terrorised people in Mirsarai, Sandwip and Fakitchhari in Chittagong. Many Awami League leaders and activists left the area as 15 people were injured in three days. Mystery deepened over the death of a constable in Satkhira as a murder case was filed against eight Awami League activists. An attempt was made to abduct two Hindu girls in Madhyagram, Galachipa. At least 13 people had to flee the area after seeing vandalism and looting. Terrorists became the ‘law’ in Jhikargachha. Vandalism, beatings, looting, and land grabbing were carried out to punish who voted for AL. Freedom fighter Moyez Uddin fled for his life in Katiadi. BNP terrorists killed the sister after failing to ccatch the brother but the terrorists were roaming free [Daily Janakantha].

November 5: Around 2,000 Awami League leaders and activists were forced to become homeless in Mirsarai. The supporters of the government started terrorising people and beat up a union chairman in public. A festival of extortion went on in Chandpur and the minorities, Awami League supporters and traders were tortured. Hundreds of families took shelter in Hajipur after the ruling party terrorists began torturing minorities in Narsingdi. A dyeing factory car was hijacked in Fatullah. An abduction was held in Feni and a woman was injured in Shahzadpur. A young man was killed and a sub-inspector and a constable were shot in a clash between police and drug peddlers in a BNP-controlled slum. A total of 33 murders took place in Dhaka in 19 days [Daily Janakantha].

November 6: A massive clash took place on the campus of BIT (Bangladesh Institute of Technology) in Gazipur, where a student was killed and 50 others were injured. The institute was closed indefinitely and its residential hall was evacuated. Terrorists injured a disabled boy because his father worked for Awami League during the election. The persecution of Hindu minorities and Awami League activists went on in Sonagazi [Daily Sangbad]. Paresh Halder was threatened in Manikganj and asked to pay Tk 20,000. A schoolgirl was abducted and raped in Santahar village. Khasmahal village in Galachipa went under the control of BNP men, but the administration kept mum. The terrorists set up their own courts in a remote area of Noakhali. A hefty amount of money was demanded from the people. Persecution of minorities and Awami League leaders and activists continued; even the clerics were not spared [Daily Janakantha]. BNP terrorists carried out extortion, attack and looting in Narayanganj. One was killed in Shyamoli by the terrorists [Daily Sangbad].

November 7: The terrorists of BNP attacked Daspara in Mirsarai, killed a sebayt and injured 30. The younger brother of an accused in the Bangabandhu murder case directed his people to humiliated Haripada Shil of Galachipa by making him parade forcefully around a market. A total of 124 members of Hindu minority families in Satkhira, Barishal, Bhola and Jhalokati were detained while they were on their way to India [Daily Janakantha].

A girl was raped in front of her mother in Nowapara, Jashore. A group of terrorists attacked a Narsingdi village, looted goods worth around Tk 500 million and injured 30 people. Terrorism continued against Hindu minorities and Awami League supporters in Natore, Jhalokati, Babuganj and Patuakhali. A total of 12 police officers, including four additional IGPs (Inspector General of Police) were sent to a compulsory retirement. Incidents of violence took place in Daudkandi where houses were looted and an orphanage was attacked [Daily Sangbad].

November 8: The beard of an Awami League supporter was shaved compellingly as he voted for the Boat symbol in Ishwarganj of Mymensingh. Incidents of abduction and grabbing of houses went on in Feni for extortion while the minorities, Awami League leaders and supporters were tortured. A total of two Hindu families left the area to save their daughters from the cadres of Mohiuddin at Haridebpur in Galachipa and several groups of Sarbahara Party became active again with the support of the BNP. Hundreds of Awami League supporters started fleeing from their houses fearing persecution by the Mullah gang in Daulatpur of Kushtia. Bogura’s Chaihata went under the control of BNP supporters and those who voted for the boat started fleeing from the village. A group of terrorists beat an Awami League leader with a hammer in Shahjadpur.  The office of Bangabandhu Sangsad was vandalised in Noakhali and an idol was desecrated in Sarishabari [Daily Janakantha].  A group of BNP-Jamaat’s armed cadres started roaming around Bagerhat. The students of Ramakrishna Ashram and even Muslim religious leaders were not spared from their attack. Not only the minorities but many Muslims in Borhan Uddin were also attacked by the BNP terrorists. A girl was abducted and raped in Adamdighi of Bogura.

A temple of Hindu goddess Kali was attacked at Sarishabari in Joypurhat. A total of 124 minorities were arrested by the members of BDR in Satkhira while they were trying to go to India. A group of BNP cadres continued terrorism in Mirsarai. A total of 28 more houses of Hindu communities were attacked in Tripurapara and so panic of attack spread out in Daspara. The terrorists of BNP demanded extortion and beat a worker to death in Narayanganj [Daily Sangbad].

November 9: The villagers of Bhola’s Annadaprasad came across a terrible night after the election. “There is not so much to regret for the goods looted by the terrorists. But how can we forget the shame and humiliation after the attack on the dignity of the women in this village?” said a humiliated Hindu woman. On the night of October 2, the day after the election, hundreds of terrorists, divided into 8-10 groups, brutally attacked the houses of Hindus and looted valuables from around 400 Hindu houses at Annadaprasad village. None of the 50 women who took shelter in Bentorbari to save their chastity could not flee from the terrorists. From a 10-year-old girl to a 65-year-old woman, all were humiliated there. A police constable admitted that at least 100 women were raped in the village [Prothom Alo]. BNP leader Gias Uddin Quader Chowdhury threatened that the Hindus will not be able to live in Rauzan. Around 3,000 Hindu minorities left their homes from seven unions in Rauzan. A huge amount of money was collected from the poor Hindus. The post-election terrorism by BNP cadres of Chandanaish in Chattogram continued. Brutal attacks, torture, oppression, and false cases were filed against Hindu people who were known to be anti-BNP. An Awami League supporter UP (union parishad) member was killed in Khagrachhari. BNP terrorists attacked, looted, and burnt down houses of a minority village in Jhenaidah. A total of 14 UP chairmen were on the run [Daily Janakantha].  BNP cadres continued attacking places in Barishal. The supporters of the ruling party were constantly attacking and torturing the minority community and Awami League leaders and activists in the villages of Chanua union of Sonagazi in Feni. Houses of 5,000 minorities came under attack in 52 villages in 38 days in Chattogram [Daily Sangbad].

November 10: Despite having huge stocks, food items were not allocated to the poor, aid projects started closing down, and food shortages among the needy were reported in the northern region. Severe food crisis went on in 1,000 villages of Kurigram. The poor started eating banana trees and boiled leaves of arum as there was no relief. A BCL leader Badal was beaten to death in Feni. The cadres of Salahuddin Quader asked for extortion from the people of Rangunia. Around 60,000 Hindu families started fleeing from their homes feeling insecure there. Intelligence agency reports that around 2,000 Bangladeshi minorities entered Malda district of West Bengal within 15 days. A total of 200 cadres of top-terrorist Molla continued looting in Daulatpur of Kushtia. The activists of BNP-Jamaat alliance broke the bones of Awami League activists with hammers while the administration kept itself silent. Scarcity of food was found everywhere in the northern region of the country as prices of rice and flour went high and unemployed people started migrating to cities. One was killed, 200 were injured, 22 were raped, and 2,000 people were displaced in the post-election violence in Lakshmipur. Hindu minorities and Awami League supporters in Chattogram were attacked ahead of the upazila elections [Daily Janakantha]. The terrorists brutally attacked and looted in Mirsarai’s Daspara and threatened them to convert to Islam by November 10 or they would have to leave the country. On midnight of November 5, the BNP-Jamaat cadre forces broke records of the 1971 Pak-invading forces. Sushila’s eldest son Anil Das was martyred in 1971, and now she lost her younger son Sunil Das Sadhu 30 years later. The terrorists dragged him out of the temple and stabbed him to death with sharp weapons. A total of 15 minorities were also injured. A fatwa was issued to beat a woman named Amiran in public and was expelled from Kurigram [Daily Sangbad]. Two idols of Hindu goddess Kali were vandalised in Abhaynagar, Jashore. A group of BNP terrorists attacked the houses of AL supporters in Sonargaon [Prothom Alo].

November 11: A total of three murders were reported in the capital over extortion. Two incidents of acid burn were also reported. Panic spread out following the activities of Tiger Forces in Damurhuda of Chuadanga district. Four Awami League activists were killed in an attack by the BNP-Jamaat alliance in South Chattogram. For supporting Chhatra League, more than 500 students of Dhaka University were deprived of taking an exam. Idols of Hindu gods and goddesses were vandalised in Noapara and Shahjadpur. Incidents of attack on Awami League and Chhatra League were reported in Fatullah, Lakshmipur, and Narail [Daily Janakantha]. Terrorism and extortion continued by the ruling party men in Natore, saying that no harm would be done if one joined BNP. The cadres of Salahuddin Quader looted in Rauzan and 36 minority families were affected [Daily Sangbad].

November 12: The cadres of Jubo attacked an Awami League press conference in Bagerhat with hammers and sticks, injuring 20 people, including former minister Mozammel and six journalists. The convicted murderer, Kushtia’s top terror, Ekdil, became active again doing extortion, murder, and robbery with the support of BNP leaders. An old man was caught and urinated on his head in a Satkhira village for voting for the Boat while many Awami League activists had to leave the village and shops were closed down. A BCL leader could not take the examination at Rajshahi University as he was tortured by Shibir cadres. A group of terrorists injured a BCL activist in Jhenaidah. The South-West region of the country turned into a sanctuary for terrorists as the number of murders, rape and extortion increased after the elections. Acute food shortage was observed in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts as hungry people were moving to different districts in search of work. The number of government official transfers has increased as 36 were transferred on Sunday [Daily Janakantha]. Further reshuffle in administration was seen as three joint secretaries were made OSD (officer on special duty) while 21 were transferred. Four more police officers, including an additional IGP, were sent to retirement. A silent famine began in rural areas of Rangpur where people were selling trees, utensils and crops for poverty. A shop was looted in broad daylight in Narayanganj and an attempt was made to kidnap a businessman [Daily Sangbad].

November 13: In one month of the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, a record number of 89 people were murdered while 57 tortured women died. A UNO was beaten up by the BNP’s terrorists in Dinajpur. The garments factories in Narayanganj were attacked and vandalised [Daily Janakantha]. A total of 236 government officials were made OSD. Awami League leaders were declared isolated by the BNP leaders in Natore. The largest waterbody in the district was seized and extortion was demanded. The post-election violence continued in Morelganj and hundreds of people left the area and took shelter in Pirojpur and Chitalmari. A total of 5,000 minority citizens of seven unions left their homes after the forces of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury began torturing them. [Daily Sangbad].

November 14: The cadres of Bangabandhu’s killer Bazlul Huda attacked the houses of Awami League leaders and activists in Alamdanga and many fled away. The son of an Awami League leader was slaughtered by the ruling-party terrorists and the injured father was lamenting in a Khulna clinic. A total of 15 Awami League supporters, including a woman, were killed by the BNP cadres in Feni in a month. The number of terrorism cases was increasing. Extortion was going on in Gournadi and Agailjhara and attacks were carried out on the houses if extortion was not paid. Minorities and Awami League leaders and activists were tortured while many were expelled from the area. In Sonagazi, terrorists raised a red flag on the land and demanded extortion. Two college teachers were chopped by militants in Magura and their motorcycles were snatched away. An Awami League supporter was killed by the BNP terrorists in Netrokona, a minority house was attacked in Feni [Daily Janakantha]. Hindu minorities and Awami League supporters in Kalaroa were living in fear of being attacked because of the atrocities of BNP terrorists. Minorities were beaten up and looted in Daulatpur and police did not take any case. The BNP terrorists attacked and occupied a hotel in Narayanganj and demanded money. [Daily Sangbad]. DU’s Jagannath Hall was occupied by the Chhatra Dal cadres following a daylong shooting and bomb blasts. A total of 54 murders, eight rapes were reported in a month in Khulna division [Prothom Alo].

November 15: Protests and condemnation erupted in different universities of the country for the removal of democratically-elected vice-chancellors.  Resignation of proctors of various universities, writ petitions, boycotts of classes and rallies were seen in protest against the removal of the VCs. An Awami League leader was killed in Rupganj. As many as 14 DIGs, ADIGs and police superintendents were made OSD of the 73rd batch. The number of raped minority women exceeded 1,000, with preliminary estimates already indicating that more than 700 minority women were raped; Among them, 90 per cent belonged to the Hindu community, and the rest belonged to the residents and other communities. From a seven-year-old child to a 70-year-old woman, none were spared from raping. Trinamool Congress claimed that around 12,000 Bangladeshis took shelter in India due to post-election violence. Kurigram residents were shocked to see the Dharla Bridge construction work stopped in the middle of the work. Allocated Tk 15 crore for the bridge construction was withdrawn. The Santals of Parbatipur were facing food scarcity and started eating arum leaves, roots and banana stalks. The supporters of the AL were restrained in Sharsha as the opponents set up public courts and collected extortion. The terrorists of BNP chopped up a boy and broke a muezzin’s leg. The farmer could not harvest ripe paddy. The cadres of Chhatra Dal beat Hafez Mehdi in Gafargaon for saluting Sheikh Hasina. An Awami League activist Kalam Shikder was murdered at Chitalmari in Bagerhat. The terrorists of BNP injured a UP chairman in Kalaroa. Six people were killed in a day at five thanas in the capital, one was shot dead in Mohammadpur and USD 1,900 was looted. A total of 20 were injured in an incident off robbery and bomb blast in a Meherpur village [Daily Janakantha].

November 16: All the decisions, implementation, cancellation, transfer, promotion and disciplinary action of the administration came from Hawa Bhaban.  The administration of Rauzan was controlled by the terrorists, three businessmen were abducted by the Bachaiya men and the police were acting mysteriously. AL supporters were still being tortured in Jibannagar and Damurhuda, Awami League activists had to leave their village. One more Awami League activist was killed in Bagerhat. Terrorists attacked Loknath Ashram in Cumilla. A huge quantity of arms was recovered in Lakshmipur and Jubo Dal cadre Babul was arrested. Jashore district BNP president’s son shot and injured a businessman and a car was vandalised. In Chandpur, the terrorists stripped a woman. More than a hundred Awami League leaders and activists fled the area after being tortured for refusing to pay the fine imposed by the BNP court in Dharabarisha union of Natore. Terrorism continued in Gafargaon as a housewife was assaulted, and goods were looted [Daily Janakantha].

November 17: Senior educationist and an organiser of the 1971 liberation war Principal Gopal Krishna Muhuri was shot dead by Shibir activists in Chattogram. After 36 days, BNP’s armed cadres occupied the Mohakhali Bus Terminal for the third time. A silent famine was going on in the Nilphamari villages and one died of starvation. Millions of people on the bank of the river Meghna were in a crisis caused by pirates. Two more units of Ashuganj Thermal Power Plant were closed down, and 214 MW production of electricity fell short.  A mosque was built after occupying a temple in Godagari with the support of Jamaat’s influential people. The activities of women and children trafficking groups in the Southwest increased with hundreds of women and children were captured by the organised groups in a month. Attacks on Hindu minorities continued in Rauzan while three businessmen who were abducted were released after getting hefty donations [Daily Janakantha]. Orphaned children too became the victims of BNP terrorists as they grabbed the land of a child care centre in the Tajhat of Rangpur city. The identified terrorists occupied an enclosure in Banstoli and Baitala of Rampal upazila [Daily Sangbad].

November 18: Law and order situation has deteriorated in Satkhira as three murders were reported in 24 hours [Daily Janakantha]. A group of BNp leaders started terrorising people in Sujanagar of Pabna and thousands of people failed to return home. As many as 15 were injured, and one was arrested as BNP terrorists opened fire in Bhairab. BNP’s terrorists beat up a temple priest in Kurigram who was admitted to a hospital in critical condition. After vandalising and looting the houses of Hindu minorities, a token of extortion was asked from them [Daily Sangbad]. Traders were attacked in Bhairab for not paying money, at least 12 were shot. A residential hotel was vandalised and looted in Pabna [Prothom Alo].

November 19: Home Minister confessed in parliament that a total of 266 murders and 213 rape cases were reported in 25 days. Harassment of Hindu minorities were reported at Chauddagram in Natore where women were threatened to rape and their houses were looted worth Tk 300,000. BNP’s terrorism continueed in Kaliakoir, Bajitpur, Potiya, Nazirpur and Mirsarai. The main targets of the terrorists were Hindu minorities and Awami League supporters.  Looting, rape, extortion, and threats of expulsion from the country continued. The activists of BNP attacked in Narayanganj when a ransom was not paid. Five were injured there [Daily Sangbad]. A schoolgirl was raped and murdered in Debiganj of Panchagarh while another child was raped in Sherpur [Prothom Alo]. Extortion on footpaths went on ahead of Eid. In Betbaria of Meherpur, people started fleeing in fear of terrorists. A number of clashes took place in Galachipa where harvested rice was looted. In the meantime, farmers passed a frightening time as 2,000 maunds of paddy were looted. Terrorists attacked the home of Awami League leader Selim Osman in Narayanganj. A priest’s finger was chopped off in Kurigram. An Awami League activist was injured in a BNP attack in Rajshahi. The sweepers were beaten in Natore [Daily Janakantha].

November 20: Even Muslim worshippers were not spared as terrorism took place in Dhamrai. At least 50 establishments were vandalised and 30 were injured. Extortion was going on under the banner of the ruling party in Khulna; yet no one spoke out in fear. Persecution of Hindus in Manikganj continued, forcing them to leave the country so that their lands could be grabbed. The terrorists brutally attacked the villages in Kalapara. A raped housewife was rescued after five days. Paddy, cattle, and fish were looted. A total of 15 police officers, including IG and DIG, were made OSD. Terrorism by BNP in Narayanganj continued. Terrorists attacked and vandalised houses and shops. An attempt to kidnap a young woman was taken place [Daily Janakantha]. A total of 11 armed policemen died of food poisoning while 16 more fell ill. A medical board and two inquiry committees were formed. Extortion and terrorism were going on in Lakshmipur as Awami League and Chhatra League leaders and activists left the area. As many as 25,000 acres of forest land were occupied illegally in Madhupur [Daily Sangbad].

November 21: Miscreants shot an Awami League activist Abdus Sattar to death at Sharsha village in Jashore. The nameplate of Shaheed Janani was vandalised in Narayanganj. The eye of a person was removed in Nagarkanda [Daily Janakantha]. An abducted businessman was rescued from a hideout of Chhatra Dal cadres in Chattogram and incidents of shooting took place between BDR-policemen and terrorists [Daily Sangbad].

November 22: A schoolboy was killed in a gunfight between two groups of Jubo Dal over the purchase of garments jhut (wastage cloth) in Narayanganj. People of Meherpur could not enjoy sound sleep fearing terrorists. Extortion, robbery, rape and kidnapping became everyday phenomenon. The persecuted Hindu minorities protested in Kolkata and gave a memorandum to the Bangladesh High Commission. The heritage memorial Sampan at Chittagong University’s Museum was burnt down in the dark of night. Clashes over land grabbing and paddy harvesting in Teknaf and Chakaria left 70 people injured and 10 were shot. Terrorists attacked Hindu minority families at Balaganj in Sylhet for the crime of working for the Awami League in elections. Shulka Rani Sutradhar and Sonamoni Sutradhar were injured in the attack. A teacher’s male genitalia was cut in Pirojpur. BNP terrorists broke the hands and feet of a businessman in Natore [Daily Janakantha]. The authorities tried to retire all the heroic freedom fighters of the 73-batch in the police; 60 were in service while 30 were made OSD. Hindu minorities and Awami League leaders and activists left Manohardi, Khidirpur, and Charmandalia of Katiadi fearing terrorism. Two were killed by terrorists in Meherpur. Unspeakable atrocities on minorities went on in Gangni, and cases were not taken [Daily Sangbad].

November 23: Three villagers were killed in a robbery aided by police in Araihazar. A criminal in the guise of a BNP activist demanded extortion. A total of 70 cargo ships aground the Padma basin in Marisa stopped operating as the crews participated in an unannounced strike. The ongoing persecution against Hindu minorities in the South-West angered leaders within the party for BNP’s indifference against terrorists. The needy people affected by food scarcity in the northern region were moving to Cox’s Bazar. A total of four people were shot dead and 18 were injured in a clash between two groups of BNP in Munshiganj. The terrorists of BNP beat up a UP member in Lalpur. An NGO office of Prashika at Dhunot in Bogura was locked for the second time. A Jubo Dal leader occupied a minority teacher’s shop in Satkhira [Daily Janakantha]. The name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) was changed to PG Hospital again. An attack on a protest rally of teachers and doctors left five injured. Terrorists attacked and vandalised houses in a village of freedom fighters in Mymensingh. The law-and-order situation in Daulatpur of Kushtia deteriorated as terrorism, rape, kidnapping, and robbery were taking place but police kept silent. Persecution of Hindu minorities and Awami League leaders and activists continued throughout Kapasia. A silent famine was still going on in eight upazilas of Rangpur. A lawyer, a teacher and a labour leader were beaten up by the BNP terrorists in Jamalpur [Daily Sangbad].

November 24: A check-post was set to find Awami League leaders in Kalia, a death threat was made via loudspeakers, threats were also given to slaughter a newspaper agent for bringing Daily Janakantha in the area. Extortion was demanded from 30 minority families in Natore, threatening to evict them. A housewife was sentenced to be beaten by shoe 25 times and 101 dorras in Kurigram. A letter sent by BNP terrorists demanded Tk 20,000 in Baufol. A total of 10 houses of Hindu minorities were robbed in Raipura. The act of terrorism continued in Galachipa, with many families still unable to return home. A minority teacher was tortured in Mehdiganj for refusing to pay money. Terrorists attacked and looted in Ghoshpara. BNP terrorists destroyed the temple of a young man in Munshiganj [Daily Janakantha]. In Manikganj, Bhakta Das fled his home after failing to pay the extortion. A clash between two groups of Chhatra Dal at the Agricultural University left one killed. Shahriar Kabir was arrested on charges of treason. A new crisis emerged in the already crisis-hit garments industry and the traders became worried about extortion by terrorists under the guise of BNP activists. A young man was shot dead in Chattogram for failing to pay a donation. Chhatra Dal cadres issued a death warrant for a Rajshahi University teacher by sending him a shroud cloth [Daily Sangbad].

2002

November 1: Arms, including AK-47, were recovered from the arsenal of BNP’s top cadre Osman following an army operation. A survey by two NGOs indicated that a total of 247 murders were committed in a month and 15 deaths had taken place in military custody. The US expressed concern over torture and deaths in military operations [Daily Sangbad]. A young woman was gang-raped in Keraniganj. Terrorists attacked thousands of garment workers in Savar [daily Janakantha].

November 2: Patuakhali BNP leader Kutty Sarker was caught with weapons in the Operation Clean Heart but released later. Democracy Watch reported a total of 142 murders and 57 rape victims across the country in the month of October. [Daily Jankantha].

November 3: A total of 300 hearings were recorked in a day as there were loads of detention cases [Daily Janakantha]. Three top terrorists were arrested from the Chattogram BNP general secretary’s residence.

November 4: A total of seven weapons and 2080 rounds of bullets was recovered in Dhaka. More supplies of AK-47s were recovered in Fatikchhari [Prothom Alo]. A clash between two groups at Rajshahi University’s Chhatra Dal council left 25 injured. The food scarcity has turned into a terrible form in Thakurgaon and starving people were suffering from various types of stomach pain due to eating raw leaves [Daily Sangbad]

November 5: Three murders, including a double murder, occurred in the city.

November 7: Two state-owned banks released USD 20 million in the market to deal with the need for foreign currency [Daily Janakantha]. A schoolgirl was murdered in Rajshahi after terrorists failed to rape her [Daily Sangbad].

November 8: A total of 209 people was arrested in an army operation across the country. A Chhatra League leader was arrested from Uttara while an Awami League leader from Malibagh and a Jubo League leader were arrested from Bogura. A BFDC assistant director died in hospital after getting released from military custody. LK Advani said to PTI that the terrorist activities of ISI and al-Qaeda had increased after the change of government in Bangladesh [Daily Sangbad]. The investigation into the 20 murder cases in Chattogram were stalled during the coalition government. The motive for the killing of a Buddhist monk was not revealed after seven months. Terrorists threatened potato farmers in Munshiganj to pay an extortion. Two groups of BNP in Mollakandi became desperate to establish control over extortion [Daily Janakantha]. A total of 24 robberies took place in nine districts. Three people were shot in a robbery in Cox’s Bazar. [Prothom Alo].

November 12: A Bank heist had taken place in the capital [Sangbad]. A woman was raped and murdered in Keraniganj. The headless body of a young man was found. A female college student was abducted [Daily Janakantha].

November 15: The fifth session of parliament was adjourned before the end of the day’s scheduled programme and the Speaker turned off the mic of the opposition leader. An agricultural labourer in Rajshahi was slaughtered. The incidents of murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping and looting had become a common phenomenon in the village of Daulatpur. Partisanship was seen in dealer recruitment and a minister’s nephew threatened the journalists for publishing news against him [Daily Sangbad].

November 17: The Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad reported that at least 41 incidents of torture of minority citizens took place in October. The law-and-order situation worsened in Meherpurn as 29 murders, 8 child rapes, 20 kidnappings were recorded and over 500 people were injured in violence in a year. An incident of shooting between BDR-BSF took place at the Satkhira border and a flag meeting was held [Daily Sangbad].

November 26:  Two people died in hospital after being detained in a joint operation during the Operation Clean Heart. A total of four, including two British journalists, were arrested in Benapole and Rajbari. The two arrested used to work for the British TV Channel 4. A gunfight between the supporters and opponents of the peace accord in Rangamati took place that led three killed and 15 injured [Daily Sangbad].

November 29: The charge-sheet against four BNP cadres was submitted to a Satkhira court in a case filed over the rape of a heroic freedom fighter’s wife Mahfuza. On the night of August 26, four BNP cadres of the same village took Mahfuza, tied her hands to a tree and raped her in turns and cut her hair afterwards.

2006

November 1: Commodities’ prices skyrocketed. Hawa Bhawan syndicate syphoned off money. All the corruption investigations were closed after Khaleda Zia threatened [Daily Sangbad]. Three Awami League leaders and activists were killed in Bhola, Satkhira and Jhenaidah after the BNP’s cadres attacked them. Mahbub, the commander of the Indian underworld mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, was in Dhaka. [Daily Janakantha].

November 2:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06: The carnival of partisanship and oppression of the administration went on as the parliamentary committees were ineffective.  Around 1600 officers were made OSD while thousands of officers were promoted by depriving seniors. Four terrorists operating in Khulna getting got safety from BNP [Daily Sangbad]. Mirza Abbas illegally took 100 acres of land into his possession from the RAJUK [Daily Janakantha].

November 3:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06:  A record trade deficit was reported as the parliament passed bills as per BNP leaders’ wish. The trade deficit stood at USD 17,677,200,000 [Sangbad]. BNP’s student wing was making mini cantonments by bringing weapons into DU’s residential halls while police were making an eyewash in the name of recovering weapons [Daily Janakantha].

November 4:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06: The Election Commission turned into a camp for defectors and corrupts. Up to 60 per cent of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee were not implemented [Daily Sangbad].

November 5:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06: Militant hideouts were established under the shelter of the alliance leaders. Three Bangladeshis were killed at the Thakurgaon border by BSF [Daily Sangbad].

November 6:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06:  The coalition government gifted the people with a 2,000 MW power shortage. The so-called ACC did none of its work [Daily Sangbad].

November 7: Shibir cadres carried out an attack on a student rally at Carmichael College and 20 were injured. A secretary from the PM’s office was found to be involved in looting the power sector [Daily Sangbad].

November 8:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06: Tk 150 billion (Tk 15,000 crore) was looted from the power sector. A distorted history was included in textbooks [Daily Sangbad].

November 9:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06: In five years, 15 government-controlled factories were closed down and at least 500 RMG factories were shut. A transport worker leader was shot dead by the terrorists in Jatrabari [Daily Sangbad].

November 10:

The misrule of BNP-Jamaat in 2001-06: The health sector was looted unabatedly. Various projects taken up by the past Awami League govt were stopped. In particular, the construction projects at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Sheikh Russel Shishu Hospital in Jhenaidah and Sheikh Abu Naser Specialized Hospital in Khulna were stopped while the project land was looted. Also, the 11,159 community clinics built at the union level were shut due to the closure of the Health and Population Sector Program (HPSP) initiated by the Awami League government [Daily Sangbad]. A total of 93,000 officials were recruited to influence and engineer the upcoming elections [Janakantha].

November 11: A voters’ list containing four million fake voters was printed while two million legitimate voters were left out [Daily Janakantha].

November 12:A total of 479 Bangladeshis were killed in BSF firing in five years of the coalition government [Daily Sangbad]

November 13:Drama over army deployment: A letter at noon, then different information and a press note at midnight. The army and even the adviser to the caretaker government knew nothing about the decision to deploy troops in aid to civil administration across the country [Daily Sangbad].

November 14: A picketer was killed when a police car ran over him during a 14-party rally at Karwan Bazar in the capital during the blockade.

November 15: Four advisers to the caretaker government listened to all parties everyone except BNP and Jamaat wanted CEC MA Aziz to go. Four judges commented why Aziz was not stepping down. Aziz’s crimes: Contempt of court, lying to the nation, the nation did not want him [Daily Sangbad].

November 16: Chhatra Dal-Shibir cadres attacked the 14-party in Sylhet leaving 20 injured [Ajker Kagoj].

November 17: Yazuddin-Aziz was heading for the election. Khaleda Zia threatened the caretaker government to announce the election schedule instead of talking too much. BNP was desperate to stop LDP as an attack was carried out on Barrister Zia’s house, attempting to kidnap him [Daily Sangbad].

November 18: European Parliament estimated 13 million fake voters in the upcoming election. The Election Commission was needed to be reconstituted as stated by the EU Parliament. The countrymen had a debt of Tk 73,000 crore per head. Two bags of arms and ammunition were recovered from the house of BNP leaders Shamsur Rahman and Shimul Biswas in the Kuthipara area of Pabna city [Daily Sangbad]. Yazuddin was on Aziz’s side and said he did not have to resign, instead, he needed to announce the schedule quickly [Daily Janakantha].

November 19: BNP-Jamat’s misrule in 2001-06: The country took loans from banks while there was a gap in the growth [Daily Sangbad]. Who were the August 21 grenade attackers? Mufti Hannan agreed to confess in court and a Joj Miah was brought to cover up the failure of the investigation [Daily Ittefaq].

November 21: Colonel Oli at a public reception in Chittagong said, “BNP is now a party of Razakars, corrupts and terrorists. Khaleda and Tarique will be destroyed in rebellion” [Daily Sangbad].

November 22: Two were killed and 50 others were injured in an LDP-BNP clash in Chattogram’s Potiya. The four-party alliance carried out an attack on a rally of the 14-party alliance in Chattogram where 25 were injured [Daily Sangbad].

Compiled by: Raihan Kabir

 

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